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Re: HINSON VILLAGE IN CHESTER COUNTY PA

hi everyone - i will leave the topic as hinson village so this message will be connected with it - this is what i have gathered about hosanna church - i intend on publishing:
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The church itself is part of the larger congregation of A.U.M.P. A.U.M.P. is an abbreviation for the African Union Methodist Protestant church. It has head quarters in Wilmington, Delaware. It was founded in 1843, the same year the founder of the religious order died, Reverend Peter Spencer. It was given the name Hosanna...it is a small, red-bricked building with and pointed roof and a rectangular shape. It can barely seat a hundred people comfortably. It was originally built with a great heavy door, that has been changed to a light weight, paneled one. The floor has been redone and a railing added to the stairs...Its largest membership was from 1853 to 1880. It is already known that in 1853, Ashmun Institute was founded. The building of this school was inspired by the success of the little church. Also the industrious attitudes of the Negro land owners in Hinsonville supported the building of this school and donated valuable time, materials and effort to insure the success of this progressive endeavor. It was also about this time that the graveyard was established. It was one of the first marked grave sites for Blacks in this area...Hosanna was also important for her extensive Underground Railroad work. The slaves would mingle in with the slaves and freedmen from Chadds Ford or Philadelphia and leave on the wagon that took them home. If no one would claim them, or they had no one waiting for them, it was assumed they were free...The Records Keeper of Hosanna church, Mrs. Alvetta Westly died recently and the members are trying to find the records. Mrs. Westly had been sick and therefore unable to turn the records over to a member before she died. Mrs. Anita Webster, of Chester, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Mrs. Westly is at the time trying to locate the records and return them to Reverend Wilmore, present pastor of Hosanna. Mrs. A. Scarit, a member of Hosanna since 1906, gave details on how the church operates (if someone can help me locate these people i would appreciate it).
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i have a photo of my great great grandmother, margaret wilkson amos (b: norristown, 1815 d: baltimore, 19010 and thirteen others in front of the church, c. 1905
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regarding ashmun not ewlan
Ashmun Institute in honor of the Reverend JEHUDI ASHMUN (1794-1828) agent of the American Colonization Society in West Africa from 1822 to 1828. The plans for such a school were formed at the coaxing of JAMES RALSTON AMOS (1825-1864)...The first Two students admitted the next day to classes were the brother, JAMES RALSTON and THOMAS H[ENRY] AMOS...After being founded in 1854 as Ashmun Institute, the Institue was re-named Lincoln University after President Abraham Lincoln's assassination. It opened its doors to admit women students in 1952.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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